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This basic-to-intermediate level seminar offers a practical understanding of financial records and accounting methods for attorneys with little or no accounting background. It may also benefit paralegals, presidents/vice presidents or directors with little or no accounting background.

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This program will teach you the basics of accounting so you can knowledgeably examine accounting statements and identify red flags. (see full course description)

 

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Gain a Practical Understanding of Accounting and the Relevance it has to Your Practice  

Are you confident in your abilities to understand basic accounting concepts and statements? Can you spot red flags in accounting records that may be evidence of accounting scandals? Do you find yourself perplexed by financial statements and thus not using accounting evidentiary considerations to their full potential? In today's volatile business world it is imperative that attorneys develop a working understanding of accounting terminology to strengthen their background and appropriately apply accounting evidence in court. This program will teach you the basics of accounting so you can knowledgeably examine accounting statements and identify red flags. Don't put yourself at risk. Register today!

  • Enhance your credibility with experts and clients by understanding how to read the most common and important financial statements such as balance sheets and income statements.
  • Gain a better understanding of the various forms of financial reporting and sources of financial information to better assess their reliability and credibility.
  • Learn who the authoritative organizations are who determine the rules used in accounting and financial reporting.
  • Arm yourself with the knowledge of what GAAP really is and where it comes from.
  • Recognize potential red flags in financial documents and hone your fraud detection skills by examining accounting records.
  • Learn about some of the forensic accounting techniques used in divorce.
  • Develop an accounting vocabulary that ensures proper usage in litigation to help win your case.


  1. Definition of Accounting
    9:00 - 9:30, Brian K. Muncy and Paul N. Wonch
  2. Standard Setting Organizations
    9:30 - 10:15, Brian K. Muncy and Paul N. Wonch
    1. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
    2. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
    3. Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
    4. International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)
    5. Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB)
    6. Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
  3. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
    10:30 - 11:15, Brian K. Muncy and Paul N. Wonch
    1. AICPA Rule 203
    2. History of GAAP
    3. Accounting Standards Codification
  4. Accounting in a Nutshell
    11:15 - 12:00, Brian K. Muncy and Paul N. Wonch
    1. The Accounting Equation
    2. The Double-Entry System - T Accounts
    3. Cash Basis of Accounting vs. Accrual Accounting
    4. Operating/Accounting Cycle
    5. Service Business Example
  5. Basic Financial Statements
    1:00 - 2:15, Brian K. Muncy and Paul N. Wonch
    1. Balance Sheets
      1. Assets
      2. Liabilities
      3. Shareholder's Equity
    2. Income Statements
      1. Revenues
      2. Expenses
      3. Net Income
    3. Statement of Cash Flow
      1. Operating Activities
      2. Investing Activities
      3. Financing Activities
    4. Footnotes
    5. Ratio Analysis
    6. Forms of Financial Statements
      1. Internally Prepared
      2. Tax Returns
      3. Compiled
      4. Reviewed
      5. Audited
  6. Accounting for Different Business Entities
    2:30 - 3:30, Brian K. Muncy and Paul N. Wonch
    1. Sole Proprietorships
    2. C-Corporations
    3. S-Corporations
    4. Partnerships
    5. Limited Liability Companies
  7. Forensic Accounting
    3:30 - 4:30, Brian K. Muncy and Paul N. Wonch
    1. Fraud Detection/Prevention
      1. The Fraud Triangle
      2. Types of Fraud
      3. Steps in Conducting a Fraud Investigation
      4. Internal Controls
    2. Divorce - Hidden Income Analysis
      1. Expenditure Method
      2. Net Worth Method
      3. Bank Deposit Method

Seminar Summary:

This program will teach you the basics of accounting so you can knowledgeably examine accounting statements and identify red flags. (see full course description)

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